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Guide: How to apply for Qatar Tourist visa online

In a bid to further facilitate visitors’ access to the country, Qatar has made its e-visa services available to tourism-related businesses as well as individuals arriving to Qatar aboard any airline. Hospitality establishments and tourism offices holding a valid license with Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) can now fully complete their guests’ tourist visa applications online via a newly activated feature on www.qatarvisaservice.com. The link has special features dedicated for tourism businesses such as the “add to cart” option allowing businesses to complete multiple applications at once making it easier to handle large groups through bulk payments. It also eliminates the need for hard copy applications to be submitted in person at the Immigration Offices as was previously required. Travellers on any airline can apply And, as part of the service expansion, individuals who are traveling to Qatar on any airlines can now apply directly for tourist visas on the same…

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Guide: Medical test for visit visa extension in Qatar

Visit visas to Qatar are normally issued for 30 days only and can be extended after arrival. A medical test is compulsory for extension of the visit visa. This guide explains the process required for medical test. Timing of the medical test The medical test can be done any time before expiry of the visit visa. Considering that the test results may take up to 3 working days to be updated, it is advised to do it at least few days before expiry. 15-20 days after arrival in Qatar would be ideal. Locations for medical test Most people opt to do medical tests at the government-run Medical Commission Office in Doha. The tests may also be carried out in the accredited private hospitals (Al-Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic Hospital or Al-Emadi Hospital) and authorized primary healthcare centers (Al Shamal Healthcare Center, Al Khor Healthcare Center, Al Wakra Healthcare Center). The below process is…

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Guide: How expats in Qatar can calculate end of service gratuity

Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs recently launched a new online service on its official website for expatriate employees. This new service allows individuals to calculate their end of service gratuity according to the number of working years he spent at the company. Expatriates have to enter data in accordance with the contract signed between him and the employer. Although the service is available only in Arabic, non-Arabic speakers can also easily calculate ESB by following these steps: STEP 1 : Click on this link to open the webpage. You will see this page: STEP 2: In the first field, enter your Date of Joining (as per your contract)   STEP 3: In the second field, enter your Last Working Date STEP 4: In the third field, enter your Basic Monthly Salary (as per your contract)  STEP 5: In the fourth field, enter the Gratuity Days accrued for each year (for example 21 days for one…

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Guide : How expatriates can change jobs under Qatar’s new residency law

Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? Here is some good news for you. Once Qatar’s new sponsorship law comes into force on 13 December 2016, the automatic two-year ban will be removed and foreign workers will have new options to change jobs. Here is a guide explaining various options available to expatriate workers planning to switch jobs after 13 December. Introduction Law No 21 of 2015 that deals with the entry, exit, and residency of expatriates abolishes Qatar’s existing Kafala (sponsorship) system, replacing it with a modernised, contract-based system. Expatriates will no longer need exit permits to leave Qatar. However, the expatriate or the employer must inform the authorities concerned three days prior to departing the country. Important points to note The new law does not require employees to sign new…

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Guide : 10 Things to know about the free Qatar Transit Visa

Qatar’s new free transit visa scheme has come into effect on 1 November 2016. Under the new system, travellers with layovers of five hours or more at Hamad International Airport can request for a complimentary transit visa. The scheme will allow transiting passengers of all nationalities to enter Qatar for up to 96 hours in between flights. Here are 10 things you need to know about the free transit visa: 1. Requirements to be eligible for free transit visa To be eligible for the free transit visa, passengers must have : a confirmed ticket for a journey into Qatar, with a confirmed onward journey out of the country on a Qatar Airways-operated flight, a passport that is valid for a minimum of six months from the time of arrival in Qatar, and a valid email id to facilitate the visa process. 2. Application period Visa applications should be made at least seven days (excluding…

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List of professions not eligible to apply for driving licence in Qatar

The following is the unofficial translation of the list of professions not eligible to apply for the Qatari driving licence (in alphabetical order), as announced by the Traffic Department : AC Technician Agricultural Worker Air Cargo Worker Animal Caretaker Assistant Builder Bakery Worker Baking Mixer Bar Keeper Barber Beautician Beauty Saloon Worker Blacksmith Boat Carpenter Bricks Builder Builder Butcher Calligraphy Technician Carrier Ceramic Worker Civil Technician Concrete Blacksmith Connections Technician Construction Carpenter Construction Technician Cook Cook’s Assistant Cosmetologist Crusher Machine Operator Curtain Installer Curtain Upholstery Worker Décor Carpenter Decoration Technician Designing Technician Digger Electric Welder Embroider Falafel Maker Farmer Financial Services Worker Fisherman Fodder Worker Furniture Upholstery Worker Gardener Gate Guard General Carpenter General Electrician General Equipment Mechanic General Manufacturing Worker General Typing Glass Installer Glass Technician Goldsmith Grave Digger Grocery Worker Gypsum Worker Henna Maker Herdsman Horse Hostler Horse Trainer Hotel Service Worker Ice Maker Industrial Service Worker Installation Electrician Installation Technician Irrigation Worker Jeweller Juice Maker Kebab Maker Key Technician Labourer Land Shipment Worker Lathing Worker Laundry Worker Lift Electrician Lift Worker Machine Operator Maintenance Technician Manufacturing Worker Marble Technician Massage Worker Meat Mechanic Mechanical Technician Metal-Casting Technician Milkman Mining Technician Mixer Operator Nanny Newspaper Vendor Nutrition Worker Oxygen Welder Packing And Grinding Worker Painter Pastry Maker Pipes Welder Plaster Technician Plaster Worker Plumber Plumber Assistant Porter Prayer Caller (Moazin) Rescue Worker Sailor Sea Shipment Worker Security Guard Servant Service Worker Shawarma And Sandwich Griller Shepherd…

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Qatar MoI clarifies requirements for family visa

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has listed out the eligibility requirements for expatriates to obtain family visa. Sharing information about the documents required for applying for a family visa in Qatar on their website, the MoI on Sunday said: “Law No. 4/2009 that regulates the exit, entry and residence of expatriates in the country, permits foreign workers to bring in their families on residence visas, provided that they meet the following requirements and conditions”. The first requirement is that the applicant shall have a valid residence permit in the country. Salary requirements Private sector employees should have technical or specialised (non-labour) professions and a minimum salary of QR 10,000 to be eligible for family visa. Those who have a minimum salary of QR 7000 can also apply provided they are given free family accommodation by their employer. Other requirements The applicant has to produce the marriage certificate attested by the…

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Indian Embassy Qatar New Location, Timing and Contacts

As announced earlier, the Indian Embassy in Qatar has shifted to its new premises in Onaiza, West Bay. The Embassy has announced that it will render full consular and other services from its new premises with effect from 27 June 2016. New Address Villa No 86 & 90, Street No. 941, Al Eithra Street, Zone 63,Onaiza, PO Box No. 2788,Doha – Qatar. Location Map GPS coordinates : 25°19’47.5″N 51°31’02.4″E Embassy Timings The timings of the consular section with effect from 21 September 2016 are as follows: 9 AM to 12:15 PM –- Submission of applications 4 PM to 5:15 PM — Collection of documents after rendering of consular service Telephone numbers Telephone/fax numbers and email addresses of various offices/sections of the embassy remain the same. Tel No for all enquiries: 4425 5777 After office hours : 4425 5700 Emergency Numbers Labour matters : 3345 1607 Death cases : 3345 1607 Interpreter : 5557 5086 Fax numbers General : 4465 5471  Ambassador : 4467 0448 Consular : 4467…

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Guide : Death formalities and repatriation procedure for expatriates in Qatar

The death of a family member or friend is difficult at any time, but the procedures in a foreign country may add to your stress and pain. Qatar has opened a new Humanitarian Services Office, located near the Hamad General Hospital Mortuary, to facilitate these procedures and bring all services under one roof. This guide is prepared based on the information provided by Ministry of Interior and can be helpful in case of an unfortunate demise. Procedure The procedures will be completed through a team work between the Ministry of Interior (Security Department, police stations and Forensic Centre), Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Airways, Public Prosecution, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of Consular Affairs) and the coordinators in Embassies and Consulates. First of all, any deaths occurring outside a hospital must be reported to the police by dialling 999. Upon arrival, the police will fill out an initial…

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Guide: How to renew Indian Passport for minor children in Qatar

This guide explains the process to renew Indian Passport for minors (children below 18 years) while in Doha Qatar. Also contains list of documents required and other related information. Minor : Applicants less than 18 years of age are considered as minor for issuance of passport. 1. Does my child need a separate passport or can be added to parent’s passport? As per amended procedures, a minor should have a separate passport, as endorsement of child’s name in parent’s passports is not allowed anymore. This measure has been introduced in the wake of the practice, increasingly being followed by major foreign diplomatic missions, by granting visas to minor children only if they are in possession of separate passports. 2. What is the validity of a minor’s passport? Unlike adults (whose passport is valid for 10 years), passport validity for minors is only 5 years from the date of issue or…

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